I took my first shot at a deer this weekend. A doe at 8 yards severly quartering away, Slick Trick Mag did it's work. She took three bounds and died within 15 yards of where I shot her. Hit her about halfway back through the backstrap and literally scraped the bottom of her spine, nicked the liver, arteries above the heart, and center punched the offside lung. Full pass through right behind the offside leg. Only went a little distance but the blood trail was impressive right away.
This was the most peaceful, ejoyable hunt I've ever had. So much better than a gun hunt. Much more personal. The woods aren't disturbed by the shot and you can really just enjoy the moment without the recoil, noise, extra distance between you and the animal, etc.
I'll still hunt with a gun, but I don't think I'll ever enjoy it in the same way as this hunt.
I can't say enough about this site and the folks on it. I've learned a lot from just lurking about. Thanks for all the advice and help, whether I've asked for it or not.